Sunday, June 2, 2013

Single Tree for Merry Monday

Whew, talk about getting something done in the nick of time! I wanted to make sure I played along with Merry Monday and tonight(Sat) was the only chance I've had all week to sit and stamp. I manged to get this card made for this weeks sketch and I was so happy because the minute I asked hubby if he knew what inspired it, something from our area, he knew right away! Points scored for the husband LOL

In the area I live in the road system is very limited. There is the main highway that goes between Fairbanks, Wasilla, and Anchorage. As you leave Wasilla and head towards Anchorage the highway is known as the Glenn Hwy, and as you pass the road known as  the Old Glenn there is a solitary spruce tree. Every Christmas this tree is decorated with battery powered lights and since most people are leaving for work in the dark and coming home in the dark(our shortest day in the winter we have 5 hrs of daylight) seeing a tree lit up along an otherwise dark highway is a welcome sight. For quite some time it wasn't known who was decorating the tree but a year or two ago the local paper asked the elfs behind the Christmas tree to come forward. They did and it was one of the most talked about articles, we are all excited to learn the story behind the Glenn Hwy Christmas tree and you can read about it HERE.

Since our winters are dark I knew I wanted the sky dark but I didn't want to use black so I stuck with brown. I embossed the snow with the CB Swiss Dots folder, but used a white gel pen to draw in falling snow. I colored the tree stamp with markers, cut it out and then popped it up with dimensionals. It's so pretty in person, the picture doesn't do it justice!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 The tree that inspired this card(photo © Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News)

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Star Tree(retired)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Whisper White, unknown SU DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots EF, White Gel Pen, sponge, dimensionals


  1. What a great story behind the photo of the tree. Kind of like your guiding light on the way home. Love your card and that tree image you used. Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday!

  2. What a lovely story, Lisa! Thanks for sharing that. And your tree is just as lovely! Love the colors! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

  3. Beautiful card! I didn't get one made this week so I am enjoying yours even more.

  4. The tree is gorgeous - beautiful card - thanks for sharing for Merry Monday 64 - Hazel, Guest Designer x

  5. This is a gorgeous take on the sketch! I am so glad that I clicked on the photo of the card. I was able to see more detail. I love the patterned paper border and the embossed snow. It really makes your beautiful tree pop. Also, I loved your heartwarming story.


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